Schools may agree absence in exceptional circumstances with consideration being given to pupil's attendance, attainment and public examinations but this is not a legal right. Each case will be considered on its merits. The following circumstances would be considered exceptional:
Absences may only be authorised at the discretion of the Headteacher. Applications must be made well in advance and not left to the last minute assuming permission will be given. Any absence must be requested on a leave of absence form which should be given to the Headteacher for authorisation.
Circumstances which are notified to the school after a leave of absence has taken place will not be considered. Therefore please be certain to provide details of the special circumstances relating to your application and attach any supporting evidence at the time of application.
If approval is not granted and the absence still taken, it will be regarded as unauthorised. Where total unauthorised absences amount to 10 or more sessions (1 school day = 2 sessions) the school will notify the Education Welfare Service and a Penalty Notice will be issued by the Local Authority to each parent for each child named on the notification.
Examples of circumstances in which a holiday cannot be authorised are:
Certificates are presented at the end of each term for all the children who have managed to achieve 100% attendance. An attendance cup is also given to reward the class with the highest attendance each week. Every day a class has 100% attendance a pebble goes into the class jar. These build up to a class reward when the jar is full.